Faculty & Staff

Principal Investigator

Dr. Wan-Ju Li

Wan-Ju Li, MS, PhD
li@ortho.wisc.edu / Publications





Primary Address
5051 WIMR
1111 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
Phone: (608) 263-1338
Fax: (608) 262-2989

Secondary Address
3148 ECB
1550 Engineering Dr.
Madison, WI, 53706
Phone: (608) 890-2313
Fax: (608) 262-2989

Online Profiles

Program Affiliations

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedcial Engineering Center for Translational Research
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology Program
  • Materials Science Program
  • Orthopedics and Rehabilitation


  • M.S. 1999, Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Ph. D. 2004, Cell and Tissue Engineering, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Visiting Research Fellow 2003-2005, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Postdoctoral Fellow 2004-2008, NIH, Bethesda, MD


  • Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering
  • Musculoskeletal Biology
  • Mesenchymal Stem Cell Biology


Sun-Mi Palumbo, PhD

Sun-Mi Palumbo, PhD
palumbo@ortho.wisc.edu / Publications

Current Department: Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Joined: Spring 2009
Ph.D. 2009, Cancer Biology, Univeristy of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
M.S. 2002, Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
B.E. 1997, Environmental Engineering, Chungbok National University, Cheongju, South Korea
Research: Prevention of mesenchymal stem cell senescence in in vitro culture systems

Graduate Students

John BarberJohn Barber

Current Department: Biomedical Engineering
Joined: Fall 2009
Education: B.S. 2005, Nutrition Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
Research: Osteochondral Tissue Engineering

Patrick BrownPatrick Brown

Current Department: Cell and Molcular Biology
Joined: Fall 2009
Education: B.S. 2007, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Research: Investigation of the hydrogel matrices effect on chondrogenic differentiation and cartilage development

Andrew HandorfAndrew Handorf
ahandorf@wisc.edu / Publications

Current Department: Biomedical Engineering
Joined: Fall 2008
Education: B.S. 2007, Biology and Chemistry, Edgewood College, Madison, WI
Research: Cartilage Tissue Engineering

Tsung-Lin TsaiTsung-Lin Tsai

Current Department: Biomedical Engineering
Joined: Fall 2008
Education: M.D. 2007, School of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Research: Mesenchymal Stem Cell Biology, Cartilage Tissue Engineering

Undergraduate Students

Zach PflumZach Pflum

Department: Biochemistry
Joined: Fall 2008
Project: Investigating the effect of DBM on hMSC osteogenesis

Brock PolnaszekBrock Polnaszek

Department: Biochemistry
Joined: Summer 2009
Project: Investigating the role of intigens in hMSC osteogenesis

Albert WangAlbert Wang

Department: Applied Math, Engineering, and Physics
Joined: Summer 2009
Project: Tissue Engineering